X Factor loses ratings crown to Strictly Come Dancing

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The X Factor has lost its ratings crown to Strictly Come Dancing, and the Beeb bosses aren't keeping quiet about it!

The third live Strictly show on Saturday night stayed constant with 9.9 million viewers tuning between 6:30PM and 8:25PM, the exact same figure as last week.

The show averaged an impressive 44.2% share, while it peaked at over 11 million viewers with a massive 11.3 million people watching at one point.

The X Factor meanwhile LOST viewers for a third week running, with an average audience of 8.6 million viewers for its Club Classics themed evening.

And that figure includes those who caught up an hour later on ITV1+1.

The X Factor peaked with 9.3 million viewers - 600,000 fewer people than watched Strictly on average - with a 9.6 million peak including those catching up on ITV1+1.

It's the biggest gap between the two shows since they both began airing against each other.

A BBC source told the Daily Mirror: “There has never been such a big gap between Strictly and The X Factor before now – it’s fantastic news for our show, and proves we’ve got the format spot on this year.

“It’s great news for Strictly, but must be very worrying for The X Factor. It has been the biggest show on TV for years but we’ve stolen that crown now.”

The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday night with a spooky Halloween themed episode as the remaining ten contestants perform live once again.

The latest results show follows on Sunday when one more act will be given the boot.

Strictly Come Dancing returns this weekend on Saturday 27th October at 6.30pm for Strictly’s spooktacular Halloween special with the results show on Sunday 28th October at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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